Yesterday, I was watching R&B Divas on TVOne realized an announcer referred to Faith Evans as the “First Lady of R&B/Soul.” I’m not of a certain age and my memory lapses occasionally, so I wasn’t sure if this was a title Faith earned during the prime of her career or fabricated praise. I immediately searched the phrase on Twitter and stumbled upon “Tears of Joy.” After one listen, I was enlightened as to why she’s more than deserving of the title.
Prior to its release, Claude Kelly, the writer of the song, said the soulful ballad measures up to what one would expect from Aretha Franklin or Gladys Knight, and I agree wholeheartedly. The production, crafted by Chuck Harmony, has classic R&B and Gospel elements, and Faith’s powerful voice soars over the track.
[soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/56896124" iframe="true" /]
Speaking of R&B Divas, its premiere episode garnered 900K viewers, TV One’s largest audience for an original series debut. Not only does the reality series chronicles the very normal lives of the R&B divas, but it shows them in their element–recording music.
Faith has gathered an elite group of R&B vocalists–Nicci Gilbert, Syleena Johnson, Monifah and Keke Wyatt–for a compilation album. “Tears of Joy” is a single from the album, and the show’s theme song, “Lovin’ Me,” will also appear on the album. Proceeds from the album will benefit the Whitney E. Houston Academy of Creative and Performing Arts.
[soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/56620459" iframe="true" /]
UPDATE: Watch the episode one via Miss Jia.